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March 7, 2:15 PM ET
Chat with Andy North

Buzzmaster
  (2:11 PM)

Andy just finished up with his SportsCenter hit and will be here in a few minutes to take your questions!

Vince (Philly)

Did they remake Doral to have more sand in play? Seems like everyone is in the traps today!

Andy North
  (2:13 PM)

Yeah, they added bunkers, they put them more in play. They brought the water into play on another 5-6 holes. Then you add in that the players haven't played the new course much. The wind is blowing. It's a beast of a course.

Jeff (Dallas)

was Tiger's 76 as bad as it seemed?

Andy North
  (2:14 PM)

Not really. He actually saved it. It looked like it was going the wrong way. On the 14th, he made a double bogey. The firmness of the green bounced his shot into the bunker. Standing in the fairway for your second shot, you think you hit a good shot and you bounce off. He's had some inconsistency. But when you're not as comfortable as you want and the wind is blowing, it's hard to fake it.

Evan (LA)

With everyone scrambling today, do you think we'll see a lot of movement up the board? Seems like everyone will be trying to just maintain their position.

Andy North
  (2:15 PM)

The conditions are so tough I wouldn't be surprised if three under is leading at the end of the day. It's all about survival. This has the look of a Sunday at a major the way everyone is struggling.

Jason (DC)

I wasn't able to watch any of the coverage yesterday....how bad did the weather get that they had to postpone play?

Andy North
  (2:15 PM)

It was lightning and rain. Typical southern Florida. Thinking how ridiculous this would be playing if they didn't get the rain to soften things up.

Lyle (CO)

Does the fact that there is no cut line impact how you approached a tournament?

Andy North
  (2:16 PM)

I don't think so. Other than maybe it gives the player some patience in the second round. He can play around and not force the issue. That's the nice thing for Tiger. He'll get four rounds. Sometimes all it takes is one three hole stretch or six or nine holes and you get something positive. That can feed over into the next week or the next 4-5 tournaments.

Aaron (FL)

Did Jimmy Walker just take advantage of weaker fields earlier this season? Haven't heard much from him since we've had more players in the field now.

Andy North
  (2:17 PM)

He played well on the west coast. He played well out there. He's really a good player. He's come into his own late in his life as a golfer. I really like his game. He has a beautiful swing. He's a good putter. He's got a lot of good coming in the future.

Jeff (Chicago)

Andy, what's the one thing you think Tiger should work on between now and the Masters?

Andy North
  (2:18 PM)

I don't think there's any one thing. He needs to get some rounds under his belt. He needs to get better, healthier. We'll know more at the end of this week. Bayhill will be important.

Larry (Boston)

how crucial do you think this season is to Tiger's quest for 19?

Andy North
  (2:18 PM)

Very important. He needs to win a major very soon. He's won majors on all four of the courses this year. Right now, I think the 15th is harder than the first one was.

Ryan (DC)

So, what's a good score for today?

Andy North
  (2:19 PM)

Anything even par or better would be a heckuva score. The scoring average right now would be intersting. Anything par or better would be an unbelievable score.

Nick (CA )

for someone that needs to get some good play in leading up to the masters, tiger just doesn't seem to have his game together right now...what's wrong?

Andy North
  (2:20 PM)

It's hard to tell really where his game is under these conditions. He's hit some good shots. He's hit some bad ones. It's just not real sharp. These conditions can make you look silly. It is important to play practice rounds. He didn't play any. I wouldn't be too concerned where he is.

Carl (Denver)

What do you make of the wrap around season? Do you like it?

Andy North
  (2:21 PM)

I don't like it at all. It's hard enough to figure out what's going on when it's all in one calendar year. I don't think it's right that you have some fields so weak and guys are winning some tournaments that no one in the top 20 is playing.

Andy North
  (2:21 PM)

For the top players that don't play, all of a sudden, you're 12-13 tournaments into the year and you've only played 2.

Ryan (TX)

Since Tiger loves the MAsters so much, do you think that if he doesn't get a good showing there that it could impact his rest of the sesaon?

Andy North
  (2:22 PM)

I think that guys have played poorly there and gone on to win majors after that. I wouldn't put that much into that one week to determining the rest of his year. You've seen a lot of players struggle in the first half and done better the second half. If he doesn't play well, it will just fuel him for the U.S. Open.

Owen (GA)

When do you think players will try to start positioning themselves to make a run to get on the Ryder Cup team? Or has that already started?

Andy North
  (2:23 PM)

It's already started. A lot of the guys are already talking about it. A player like Jimmy Walker may have already played himself on to the team. The guys are already thinking about it. Trust me.

Jeff (FL)

Seems like everyone is struggling just to make par today....are the scoring conditions that tough?

Andy North
  (2:24 PM)

It's a combination of two things. It's a brand new golf course. When you play at a place like that, the greens are concrete and it's not consistent. Then you add the winds and it's hard to hit the green. Less than 30 percent of the players are hitting the greens on the third hole. It's brutal.

Dottie Pepper. Saratoga Springs, NY [via mobile]

What are the top 3 "musts" for the USA to win the Ryder Cup in September?

Andy North
  (2:25 PM)

No. 1 win matches. No. 2, win matches. No. 3, win more matches than the Euros.

Andy North
  (2:25 PM)

Nice question Dottie. Are you happy to be at home seeing your dog?

Pete (Eau Claire)

Have to ask a non-golf question. As a fellow Monona Grove alum and fellow Badgers fan, is this the year Bo Ryan's boys finally cut down the nets to reach a Final Four?

Andy North
  (2:26 PM)

This year they have an opportunity to do it. If they can take care of business at Nebraska, which won't be easy. It will be important to carry the momentum into the Big Ten tournament. When they're good, they can beat anybody. It will be a fun next 3-4 weeks. If Decker and those guys can stay aggressive they can beat anybody.

CC (Boston)

Last week at Honda Rory showed some signs from that 2011 Masters choke. He is so talented and many compare him to Woods but you never saw Woods have meltdowns like Rory has. What seperates them?

Andy North
  (2:27 PM)

Rory probably is as physically gifted as Tiger. Tiger has a toughness that you don't see in many athletes. A mental toughness. Will Rory develop that? We'll see. He's still young, but I don't see that same mental toughness, yet. It doesn't mean we won't see it in the next 2-3 years.

Peter (Chicago)

what's the biggest thing that tiger needs to make sure he gets in order before the masters?

Andy North
  (2:28 PM)

At The Masters it comes down to putting your ball. There are different speeds. For most at Augusta, if you drive the ball well and putt well, you're going to have a good week. It's all about getting it in the hole.

JD (CT)

What would the pros from 30 years ago shoot on this course in these conditions with the old equipment?

Andy North
  (2:29 PM)

These were the conditions that were always very hard, because the ball spun so much. Guys would have figured it out. It's all about trying to shoot scores. We had some pretty good players 25-30 years ago that knew how to do that. If you go back and look, the scores aren't that much different than 20 years ago.

Andy North
  (2:30 PM)

Thanks for paying attention to what we're doing. If you're in the Midwest or Northeast, stay warm. Spring will be here soon!